617. Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. ~Anne Frank

Life is full of beauty.
Notice it.
Notice the bumble bee, the small child,
and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, and feel the wind.
~Ashley Smith


Oh, the green, green, green of fresh growing things; the scent, scent, scent of fragrant flowery things; and the buzz, buzz, buzzing of little, busy bees. But wait, wait, wait! Back that “wagon” up and hold on just a minute! It’s still January and therefore wintertime. So what’s up with the green, the flowers, the aromas, and the buzzes? Ah the joyous blessing of a greenhouse filled with thriving, flowering, sweet smelling things! The only downside to such is that the bees seem to think the greenhouse is solely their domain and so object to a human interloper’s pottering visits. But then again, I seem to be developing a history outside the garden of adverse encounters with the wee buzzing folk. In my recent tale about a trip to Paris two years ago, I neglected to mention that on the very first day of our long-longed for visit to that magical city, we got off the metro, walked to the Pont Alexandre, and as we turned to walk on the gorgeously adorned bridge where I would get my first view of some of the city including the Eiffel Tower, I was stung on my face by a bee. But let me assure you that the subsequent outpouring of tears had absolutely nothing to do with the bee’s assault and everything to do with the legendary marvels that now lay before my very own eyes. And ya know, it didn’t stop me from the joy and the journey then and there nor will it keep me from the same in my greenhouse for both were and are filled with unforgettable beauty, fabulous fragrances, breathtaking spectacles, and beguiling allures.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” ~Numbers 6:24-26   ✝

**I took this photo in my greenhouse.  The bee was nectaring on a gorgeous anemone.

27 thoughts on “617. Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. ~Anne Frank

  1. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    The opening quote gives rise to realizing that many people have so little and much is uncertain in their lives. Anne Frank had considerable uncertainty and sought to understand the beauty that existed despite the dire circumstances she lived in. Martin Luther King predicted he might meet a violent end. Living in the present and seeing its beauty is a wondrous place to live.

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  2. I love it!!–from the beauty in the greenhouse today, to the beauty mingled with sweet pain found intertwined upon a magical bridge in a magical city… as well as Anne’s admonition to us all to live with eyes wide open and expectant to the fact that no matter what—there is always beauty and wonder…
    love and much beauty to you—julie

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  3. There certainly is beauty all over the place if we’ll only take the time to look. Thank you very much for the reminder, and I hope the day finds you well as my prayers and best wishes go out to you.

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    • Thank you, Raewyn. I’m glad you liked the photo. And yes, bees are critical to our ecosystem and life as we know it. So I invite and welcome them here even it it means a sting every now and again. Hugs, N ❤


    • Oh, how sweet! You are both too kind. I almost didn’t post this one because I thought it was a bit too frivolous as well as borderning on silliness. But hey, maybe I should do that more often since so many folks seemed to like it. Hope all is well with you and yours, Amy. Hugs, N ❤ ❤ ❤

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      • Natalie, sometimes the images and posts I don’t think I “should” post for some reason or another on my part, do better then the ones I really like. Go figure. I just have learned to lean on my Heart and even in times of “well, gee, I honestly don’t like this one, but … ” I post. I am about to go to my Dad’s Memorial Service, my friend. This is a big loss for me. With Love, Amy

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